Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is 350 years young. It is a vibrant city, proud of its charming colonial heritage, while offering visitors the latest in dining, accommodations, shopping and entertainment.
Annapolis is home to the United States Naval Academy and St. John’s College, a liberal arts college with a history going back to 1696. Annapolis is well known as a center of sailing and boating in the Mid-Atlantic. Our neighborhood of Eastport, across the bridge from downtown Annapolis, retains much of its old maritime character, showcased at the Annapolis Maritime Museum.
Annapolis has some of the finest examples of colonial homes, including the Hammond-Harwood House and the Charles Carroll House. We have a rich African-American history. We honor those who arrived as slaves, including Alex Haley’s ancestor, Kunta Kinte, at the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation Memorial and the heritage of the Maryland African American community at the Banneker-Douglass Museum.
Home to the US Naval Academy, “Naptown” is influenced by the military and collegiate traditions that come naval-academywith having a major military and world class academic institution within the city boundaries. From Commissioning Week, to home sporting events including Navy Football, to class reunions that sprinkle the weekends throughout the calendar, Annapolis is never too far from Navy’s influence.
Annapolis is also known as America’s Sailing Capital, but don’t forget the significant maritime history Annapolis has with power boats and fishing vessels. Annapolis provides access not only to the Chesapeake, but also to a wealth of rivers, creeks and inland bays ripe for exploring by kayak, canoe or stand udowntownp paddleboard.
Downtown Annapolis is famous for its historic inns and scenic streets, but along those streets are some of the finest restaurants the region has to offer. Maryland Avenue is long-treasured as one of downtown Annapolis’ best spots for shopping, dining, and experiencing the culture.
Sites Around Annapolis:
- Explore the Downtown - One of America’s oldest and grandest downtowns also is one of the most walkable and bikeable. In addition to boasting fantastic restaurants and bars as well as exclusive boutiques, Downtown Annapolis, Md. also is a living history lesson.
- Stroll along Maryland Avenue - Maryland Avenue is long-treasured as one of downtown Annapolis’ best spots for shopping, dining, and experiencing the culture. Below you’ll find a guide to experiencing that culture while saving a buck or two. Truly, you could spend all day on Maryland Avenue, so plan accordingly!
- Visit the Naval Academy - The USNA is more than just a storied military college, it is a national and community institution that is open to visitors.
- Catch a concert at Rams Head - This iconic pub features some of the hottest acts in the country every weekend. Besides all the great bands it has outstanding food and craft beer as well.
- Set Sail in Annapolis - Annapolis is a famed sailing and boating destination, but even if you don’t arrive by water, there are plenty of water tours and other diversions on the Chesapeake.
- Kayaking and other watersports - In addition to the Chesapeake Bay, there are dozens of waterways to explore and nearly as many options for exploring them. Consider renting a stand up paddle board or chartering a fishing excursion.